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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 1, 2012 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nearer my god to thee

Good call. I think it peaked in '78, but not at all a bad first set tune during the 90s.

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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 1, 2012 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nearer my god to thee

It was featured on GDH #231 back in the day. Also included were some other first set tunes from that performance that I also thought were exceptional. My favorite 'Masterpiece' is from the same night for example.
The context of the performances and their being featured on a GDH was that the band had only recently started performing again after a cancelled fall tour. Seems to me there was some exceptional playing in Dec '92 perhaps due to the unit being rested and maybe even having missed performing somewhat. My favorite Peggy-O is from earlier in Dec of that year in Denver (also featured on a different GDH around that time).
There's a calm (for lack of a better word), grounded sweetness to these performances that I have always attributed to that 6-month break from what had become by '92 a remarkably rigid touring routine.
I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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